A comparison of the behaviour and survival of angling vs. trap-sampled S. salar smolts.
An experiment was undertaken, using acoustic telemetry, to compare the survival and migratory timing of Salmo salar L. smolts sampled, under optimal conditions, in a traditional fixed Wolf trap against a sample of rod-caught fish captured using a sensitive angling technique. No significant difference was evident in survival with 83% of both samples detected in the river outflow, 67% of the trap and 76% of the rod samples were detected in coastal waters and finally 43% of the trap and 35% of the rod samples were detected on an offshore array c. 50 km from the river outlet. No significant difference was evident in the time taken for trap- and rod-sampled fish to reach either the river outflow, coastal or offshore waters. Angling, if undertaken sensitively, can provide an effective, resource-efficient and ethically justifiable sampling tool for juvenile salmonid age classes.
Publication history: Accepted - 7 June 2022; Published online - 15 June 2022
Rod catch, Salmonids, Smolt, Telemetry
Kennedy, R., Rosell, R., Campbell, W., Allen, M. and Del Villar‐Guerra, D. (2022) ‘A comparison of the behaviour and survival of angling vs . trap‐sampled Salmo salar smolts’, Journal of Fish Biology. Wiley. doi:10.1111/jfb.15134.